October 20th, 2009

When Miss Mouse took her first tentative solo steps a few weeks ago, I proudly identified myself as the Mother of a Toddler. But, as it turns out, that’s not quite right — at least not according to her Day Care.

In the eyes of KinderCare, I am the Mother of a Waddler.

Yes, that’s right. In consultation with her teachers this morning, we made the decision to graduate Miss Mouse to the Waddler Room (otherwise known as Infant Room 3). Waddlers are babies who are at least one year old, but who aren’t quite steady enough on their pins yet to thrive in the more energetic Toddler Room.

The Waddlers are a small, close-knit group of four or five little ones. They spend their days contentedly learning to walk and practicing taking naps on cots as preparation for when they join the big kids down the hall.

Several of Miss Mouse’s friends from the Infant 2 room have already moved up, and she is eager to join them. She’ll spend this week transitioning to the new room and getting acquainted with her new teacher. Then next week, she’ll be a full-fledged Waddler. I’m so proud.

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